Definitions

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  • n. The state of being far off, or the degree to which something is far; distance, span; remoteness

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being far off; distance; remoteness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being far off; distance; remoteness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the property of being remote

Etymologies

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From Middle English fernesse, from Old English feornes ("distance"), equivalent to far +‎ -ness.

Examples

  • In all farness, he was looking for an excuse to call it quits.

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  • They were so dark a gray that they seemed brown, and there were a farness and alertness of vision in them as of bright questing through profounds of space.

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  • The irruption of the horses — illustrating their farness, their closeness, their threat, their beauty — shows them to be, as Armitage says, "unbiddable."

    Vendler on Armitage: the willingness not to make a point…not to be witty

  • Good illustration of the depth of field and scaling by building up an essence of nearness and farness.

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  • Your right it's not terribly fare, but if this is about farness, there should be around 5 million ST's in american businesses.

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  • But that nearness is better than farness I know: 122

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Through one of those hyphenations which are characteristic of his style as a philosopher and writer, Heidegger turns Entfernung ("distance") into its opposite, Ent-fernung ("undoing of farness").

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  • This wordplay leads Heidegger to the thesis--analogous to and derived from the priority of Zuhandenheit ("ready to hand") over Vorhandenheit ("present at hand")--that, from an existential point of view, closeness (the result of an undoing of farness) has priority over distance.

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  • But so much the further from Thee, as the unliker Thee; for it is not farness of place.

    The Confessions

  • This implies that no considerable change can be caused in the bodies affected since emanations merely corporeal cannot differ greatly from star to star, and must, moreover, blend upon earth into one collective resultant: at most the differences would be such as depend upon local position, upon nearness or farness with regard to the centre of influence.

    The Six Enneads.

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